Organizations that conducted a thorough return on investment analysis before embarking on cloud migrations were 44 percent more successful in realizing their cost-savings expectations than those that did not, according to a new report from technology company Unisys Corp.

The study, based on a survey of 400 global enterprise IT and business executives conducted for Unisys by IDG Research in April and May 2017, showed that 80 percent of respondents said they had expected cost savings from adopting the cloud as a channel for accessing IT and business resources.

Paul J. Gleeson
Paul J. Gleeson

More than half (59 percent) said they conducted a formal ROI analysis before embarking on their cloud migrations. Eighty-two percent of the respondents whose organizations conducted formal ROI analyses up front said they realized the cost savings they expected. In contrast, 57 percent of those migrating without benefit of an ROI analysis said they realized their cost savings expectations. That’s a difference of 44 percent between the two groups.

“Our research clearly shows that in cloud transformation, the old adage is true: ‘Failing to plan is like planning to fail,’” said Paul Gleeson, vice president, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, at Unisys. “Migration offers a plethora of cloud options—private, public, hybrid, community and other combinations.”

But those choices can create unforeseen complexities that can easily derail expectations, Gleeson said. “Those organizations that plan their cloud migration carefully, drawing on the expertise of established partners where it makes the most strategic sense, are the ones best positioned to realize operational, financial and competitive success from cloud transformation,” he said.

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.